When I was brainstorming what I was going to do for my Applied Project, I knew I wanted to do something with Plymouth State’s men’s basketball team this season, I just didn’t know what. Originally, I wanted to find advanced statistics for the team, but after talking with Chris Kilmer, I found out that we already track a lot of the statistics I was going to calculate, they just aren’t online for everyone to see. I asked Chris to send me every statistic he had for the men’s basketball team, and I would figure out how I would use them later. Ultimately, all I really needed was individual player statistics, as well as league statistics that were on the Little East Conference website. So my e-port posts will be all of the statistics I have that I couldn’t use for my Applied Project.
Game Highs– Shows the high man for Plymouth State in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks for every game of the season. Dante Rivera scored the most points by a player in a game against Castleton on January 19, 2019 when he dropped 34. Manny Alisandro led the team for most rebounds in a game with 15 against Rivier University on November 15, 2018, although he also grabbed 14 rebounds against Southern Maine on December 5th. He also added multiple 12 rebound games to the game highs list. Dante Rivera holds the only double-digit assist game, tossing out 10 dimes against UMass Dartmouth on December 1, 2018. Jaylen LeRoy had 7 steals against Colby-Sawyer on November 20th, the same game he also led the team in points, assists, and blocks. Manny Alisandro, on top of having the highest rebounding game for PSU, also had the most blocks in a game with 3 against UMass Dartmouth on February 9, 2019.
Minus Statistics– Shows the plus/minus for every player for every game of the season, as well as the plus/minus for every lineup combination during the game. Plus/minus is just the difference in the score when a player is on the court. For example, if a player comes in the game for the last five minutes down 20 points, and they end up losing by 15, that player’s plus/minus is a +5. This also shows the plus/minus for players and lineups per 40 minutes, as well as minutes, points for, and points against. A coach can use this information to find his most effective players and lineups, although there are always other circumstances that affect plus/minus that hurt its reliability.
Other metrics– Shows, for every player, total minutes, assist percentage, effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage, usage percentage, and defensive, offensive, and total rebound percentage. It also gives estimated possessions, as well as the team’s offensive and defensive ratings. All of the definitions for each statistic are also listed at the bottom of the file. These are the types of statistics that I wanted to calculate for my Applied Project before I was sent this file that already had them recorded.